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Hana does "real" astronomy

ICG student Hana Schumacher is becoming a real astronomer by helping to build the LOFAR-UK antenna array (see www.lofar-uk.org) at Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire. As shown in the photos, Hana spent the last 2 days helping scientists at Chilbolton to lay cables in the ground in preparation for the 96 LOFAR antennas that will be installed the week of May 17-21 by an army of university volunteers. Hana hopes to use the LOFAR radio telescope for her thesis with Alejo Martinez-Sansigre to study the spin of supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.

ICG keeps working through the snow

Despite the wintery weather the UK is suffering currently, work at the ICG has been continuing, as the image below from Thursday shows! ICG in the snowICG in the snow

PDRA in Theoretical Cosmology


Job reference: RTEC0092
Closing date: 8th January 2010
Start date: 1st October 2010
Length of contract: Fixed term contract for 2 years
Type of contract: Full time
Salary: grade 6


LOFAR arrives at Chilbolton

The first parts for a station for LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) arrived at Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire on Thursday.

LOFAR operates its stations internationally in order to improve the radio telescope's performance, ultimately with over 5000 antennae across Europe.

The delivery at Chilbolton was met by Bob Nichol, Karen Masters, Alejo Martinez-Sansigre and Hana Schumacher of the ICG, along with Owain Davies and Derek McKay of Chilbolton.

PDRA in Observational Cosmology


Job reference: RTEC0091
Closing date: 8th January 2010
Start date: 1st October 2010
Length of contract: Fixed term contract for 3 years
Type of contract: Full time
Salary: grade 6


The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG) intends to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in observational cosmology focused on studies of dark energy. Informal queries can be made to will.percival@port.ac.uk. A PhD degree and relevant research experience are required. The post is for up to three years, starting 1st OCTOBER 2010 (or earlier by agreement).

GAMA survey paper released

The Galaxy And Mass Assembly survey (GAMA) has released its overview paper describing the project. The paper, which includes ICG members Bob Nichol, Daniel Thomas, Issi Doyle, and Edd Edmondson as authors, along with former ICG member Steven Bamford, discusses the aims and design of the project, which operates from the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope in Siding Springs Australia.

ICG papers selected as CQG highlights

The Editorial Board of Classical and Quantum Gravity (CQG) selected 69 articles from its 2008 - 09 issues as Highlight Articles.

ICG scientist invited to the conference closing the Spitzer Space Telescope NASA mission

Claudia Maraston researcher at the ICG belongs to the scientists selected worldwide to review the discoveries of the Spitzer Space Telescope, a NASA funded space satellite that has explored the cosmos at infrared wavelengths. Spitzer discoveries span from extra-solar planets to the most distant galaxies in the primordial Universe. The predictions of the galaxy models by Claudia have been critical for interpreting the Spitzer data. http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/mtgs/spitzer2009/index.html

Commendation for Dennis Sciama Building

The Portsmouth Society has commended the Dennis Sciama Building (home of the ICG) in its "Best New Building" category of 2009. See local news for details.

Google-powered Galaxy Zoo classifications

The latest citizen science endeavor has been launch by researchers Ben Hoyle and Karen Masters from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, the University of Portsmouth. They ask Galaxy Zoo users to perform specalised tests and tasks on a selection of galaxies using the Google Sky interface.

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